An executive with Los Angeles World Airports was Tuesday named director of the Long Beach Airport, effective July 29.
Cynthia Guidry has 26 years of local government experience in various leadership positions, including 14 years in airport management, according to Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West.
For the past five years, Guidry has been deputy executive director at the Los Angeles city agency that runs Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airports. In that post, she oversaw more than 400 employees in the LAWA Planning and Development Group.
Guidry has also managed employees in the LAWA Planning, Environmental, Engineering and Facility Management Divisions.
She began her engineering career in the Los Angeles Department of Public Works and has a background in civil engineering and project management.
Guidry “has a wealth of expertise, having served in an airport management capacity at one of the world’s largest airports,” West said. “As an airport professional and a Long Beach resident, she understands our community, our customers and how unique Long Beach Airport truly is.”
At LAWA, Guidry led efforts developing new policy and procedures for LAWA’s Capital Improvement Program and managed multibillion-dollar capital improvement projects. She also has been responsible for construction safety, logistics, inspections and Quality Assurance programs.
Guidry, who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UC Irvine and an MBA from Pepperdine University, is replacing Jess Romo, who retired in February.
Claudia Lewis, the airport’s manager of finance and administration, had been interim director. She will return to her role overseeing public affairs, government relations, finance, accounting, revenue development, audit, risk management and personnel/human resources.
Guidry will oversee a department with more than 105 full-time employees and a budget of about $49 million.
Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport is the phase II design phase of one of the largest improvement projects in its history.
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